After steady growth the time has come for local garage AB Motor Vehicle Services Ltd to invest in new staff and embark on the apprenticeship programme that Andrew completed himself over twelve years ago.
The Bristol road garage which opened in 2013 now has a growing customer base with the need to expand to cope with demand. Business owner Andrew Byrne set out to find an apprentice in June and with the help of Gloucestershire College has recruited David Rhys-Phillips, 16, who has enrolled onto the motor vehicle apprenticeship programme. David will attend college one day a week and work at the garage for 4 days.
David has already shown commitment and enthusiasm during the summer by volunteering at the garage to get himself ahead of the game and put him in the driving seat.
“So far David’s really impressed me, I know what it’s like to be an apprentice as that’s where I first started. I’m looking forward to passing on my knowledge and moulding David into the best technician that he can be,” says Andrew. “It’s important to attend college and get the theory behind you but that’s just a small part of it, you can’t beat getting the hands-on experience and working in a real environment”.
It’s been David’s ambition to find a garage willing to give him an opportunity. He had applied for various positions with no success but didn’t give up and continued to apply for jobs. He passed his provisional driving licence to get a bike that would help him travel to and from work with. David went to Millbrook Academy and achieved the necessary GCSE grades that enabled him to follow his dream. “I was literally speechless when Andy offered me the job after search for months. He’s given me a chance so I’m going to show him that he’s made the right decision. It’s great to get stuck in at the workshop and Andy makes me think about what I’m doing.”
A second ramp has been installed to accommodate additional work however Andrew is keen to expand the business and is looking for new premises.